Newport News Shipbuilding

Leni Kaufman is vice president and chief information officer for Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries in Newport News, Va. She is responsible for establishing the IT strategic direction and the day-to-day leadership of all information systems at the shipyard as well as for the HII corporate office.

Prior to her CIO role, Kaufman served as a program director for Northrop Grumman's Integrated Systems sector in Melbourne, Fla. She began her career with Northrop Grumman in 1979 and has held several leadership positions of increased responsibility that include project manager of Integrated Solutions, manager of Software Engineering, and technical specialist of Manufacturing Systems.

She is a member of CIO magazine's executive council, a national collaborative network of leading CIOs. As part of this organization, Kaufman is the first CIO to participate in the ITWomen Role Model Speakers Program. She also participated as one of 14 CIOs nationwide in the fourth annual IT Women Scholarship drive to raise scholarships for young women pursuing technology degrees. Kaufman is also an executive sponsor for the Hampton Roads Chapter of Women in Shipbuilding Enterprise (WiSE).

Kaufman earned her bachelor's degree in professional studies at Barry University, Miami, Fla.